Help with my dream project and explore the mountains in the Haut Pyrenees, France



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    Hi everyone, please read our entire profile before contacting us :)
    Located in the Haut Pyrenees, nestled in the mountains.
    We have lived in this beautiful part of the French Pyrenees in a former Holiday Center now for almost 4 years, all the while working on renovations. It is a large building last redecorated in the 70s with steep grounds, some forest, a mini waterfall and some terracces (some which we still need to create!).

    Our project is to renovate and refresh the building to make it into a Backpacker's hostel.
    We are just the two of us and we need help with the amount of stuff to do. We're a franco-english couple Damien (originally from the SE of France) and Samantha - we're both in our mid 30s.

    Our goal is to create a space where travellers feel at home, with a good spirit of community and conviviality - something we also are looking for in the workaway experience where everyone pulls their weight and mucks in for the work and day to day life. We care about the environment so prefer to host volunteers who understerstand the importance of recycling and avoiding waste/excessive consumption :).

    The work itself will be between 4-5 hours per day, so you can (if you want) have half-days to explore the region plus 2 free days to explore or spend as you wish. We prefer to host people from their mid twenties onwards who are self sufficient and work with integrity - please bear this in mind when sending your request.


    Salut à tous, SVP lisez notre profile entierement avant de nous contacter :)

    Nous vivons dans les trés belles Pyrénées françaises dans un ancien Centre des Vacances - c'est-à-dire un grand bâtiment un peu vétuste avec une beau terrain trés en pente, de la foret et une petite cascade :)! Notre projet est de rénover et rafraichir le bâtiment pour en faire une auberge pour routards, genre Backpackers. Nous voudrions aussi privatiser une petite section pour en faire notre appart. Nous ne sommes que tout les deux et avons grand besoin d'aide vue le nombre de trucs à faire.

    Je m'appel Damien, originaire du sud-est de la France et ma compagne Samantha, est Anglaise. Notre objectif est de créer un espace où les voyageurs se sentiront chez eux, et où l'esprit de vie en commun et de partage sera mis en valeur. Nous espérons avoir ce genre d'ambiance avec les volontaires. Nous sommes soucieux de l'écologie et souhaitons recevoir des volontaires qui prennent aussi soin de notre environnement.

    Nous avons nous-mêmes été bénévoles avec workaway à plusieurs reprises et dans toutes sortes de conditions. Nous voudrions que les gens se sentent chez eux lorsqu'ils viennent ici. Nous sommes donc flexibles sur l'organisation des sessions de travail et les préférences des workers.
    Avec entre 4 et 5h par jour, vous aurez des demis-journées entières pour explorer la région ainsi que les 2 jours libres pour découvrir les plus beaux spots du coin ;).
    En terme d'activités et divertissements, il y a beaucoup à faire et pour tous les gouts.
    Pour les accommodations, nous avons beaucoup de place donc vous aurez votre chambre privée, couple ou single :).

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda com computadores/internet

  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    We have plenty of little treats offered by nature/the tourist industry within very close walking distance max 5 min walk:
    - a river to sit by or even bathe in if you're brave (very cold!)
    - an outdoor climbing wall - for all levels
    - a climbing spot for experienced climbers
    - a via-ferrata
    - bungee jumping from the Pont Napoléon
    - thermal baths
    - the start of numerous small walks, most leading onto bigger hikes
    A little further a field you can also find:
    - The cirque of Gavarnie is 30 minutes away by car - with the largest waterfall in Europe
    - a Local monday morning market with local produce - also sometimes there are artisinal markets
    - Water sports (fishing and swimming in the rivers) in summer
    - winter sports (3 resorts within 25 mins drive)
    - cycling (Col du Tourmalet)
    - paragliding
    - local Brewery (15 minwalk). Bungee jumping (2 min walk)
    And so much more including some spectacular day or multiday hikes (the GR10 goes right past our front door and the Neoville national park isnt far...)

    We will share good, home-made meals - We don't eat much meat - Sam is mainly veggie and we are happy to cater for vegans. We don't drink cow's milk - so if you want some, you can buy it in the village - there are two supermarkets, x3 bakeries, x2 butchers, a grocers and cheese and wine shops. We also dont really cater for snacks and ask that we share alcohol if you enjoy drinking.

    Sam is a yoga teacher and you're welcome to join her classes if there's room.
    There are guitars and a bar room in the hostel with table tennis.

    We will be happy to help you and teach you a bit of French and English expressions. We also speak some Spanish but are a little rusty so it could be nice for us to practice that too.
    We have travelled a lot and love to share stories of travel, culture, adventures. We also enjoy political, environmeltal and social discussions and love learning about people's cultures and local histories so feel free to share and chat away with us. We can be opinionated but we keep an open mind :D

    We have a few basic bikes available for short rides or going into town.
    You can also use the washing machine.


    Vous pourrez profiter de la rivière à 5mn pour vous caler tranquille. Le cirque de Gavarnie est à 25 mn en voiture. Il y a des randonnées à gogo tout autour. Marchés locaux et produits du pays. Sports aquatiques (pêché et nager dans les rivières) en été, sport d'hivers (3 stations à 25 min en voiture). vélos (col du Tourmalet), Escalade (des spots accessible 5min max a pied), parapente, via ferrata. Brasserie artisanale (5 minutes en voiture). Saut à l’élastique du Pont Napoléon (2 mn à pied). Accès au thermes (2mn a pied) avec discount!

    Nous cuisinons plutôt bien et aimons la bonne bouffe. Nous partagerons donc de bon repas fait maison avec les produits locaux. Nous ne mangeons pas beaucoup du viande - Sam est presque végan ;) On ne boit pas de lait du vache - alors si vous en voulez, vous pouvez en acheter dans la village - Meme chose pour le grignotage!

    Sam est professeur de yoga. Vous pourrez donc pratiquer avec elle.
    Il y a des guitares et une salle de Bar dans l'auberge avec table de ping-pong.

    Si vous êtes étrangers, nous seront ravis de vous aider et vous apprendre les bonnes expressions françaises et anglaises. Nous parlons espagnol mais nous sommes un petit peu rouillés du coup, ce sera aussi cool de pratiquer!
    Nous avons beaucoup voyagé et aimons échanger sur les pays, la culture, les aventures et les avis des uns et des autres.

    Nous mettons à disposition quelques VTT basiques pour faire de petites balades ou aller en ville.
    Vous pourrez aussi utiliser la machine à laver le linge.

  • Ajuda


    We are mainly looking for people to help us, share skills and knowledge because there is a lot to do and a lot of possibilities. Work will be both in and outdoors depending on what projects we're working on at your time of your stay and the weather - do feel free to ask before your arrival (we'll usually have a little idea :D). We are now well experienced in most areas we work on for renovations.

    The main things we are currently working on are:
    - Land clearing, pruning, terrassing, landscaping and the vegetable garden (permaculture if possible) ---) in spring / summer
    - Wood chopping
    - General renovation of the house - sanding, painting, wall partitioning, electricity, tiling... etc.
    Most of the work is manual and sometimes a little technical! If you have any masonry / carpentry / DIY skills ... that's great :)

    We expect you to clean and tidy up after eating, cooking and working - we dont host workawayers to practice parenting haha so please be sure to clear up after yourself.
    The 3 meals are provided if you are eating with us - if you're off hiking/skiing for the day then we let you take care of your own picnic. Cooking is part of the work of the community so everyone makes an effort to cook or at least help - Sam will prepare most lunches so it doesnt take up your work time.


    Nous recherchons surtout des gens pour nous aider, partager idées et connaissances car il y a beaucoup à faire et beaucoup de possibilités.
    Cela peux être dedans ou dehors selon les envies et le climat. Les principales choses sur lesquelles nous travaillons actuellement sont:

    - Dégagement du terrain, élagage, debroussaillage, terrassement, création d'espaces verts et du potager (en permaculture si possible) ---) en printemps / été
    - Rénovation générale de la maison - traitement, ponçage, peinture, cloisonnement, chgt des lumières, montage de salles de bains, assainissement etc...
    - Travaux type chantier (travail manuel, levage de charges lourdes...)
    - Bricolage de base et transport de matériel
    (Travaux sur déco / design)

    Le plupart du travail est manuel et technique! Si vous avez des compétences en maçonnerie/charpenterie/bricolage... c'est top :) Nous attendons que vous nettoyez et rangez après avoir mangé, cuisiné et travaillé. Ca nous semble un peu exagéré de devoir préciser cela, mais nous avons eu plusieurs fois le cas ou nous devions régulièrement faire papa et maman ce qui n'est bien evidement pas l'interaction recherchée ;)
    Les 3 repas sont bien évidemment fournis. Faire la cuisine par contre fait partis du travail de la communauté donc chacun fait son effort pour cuisiner ou au moins aider!

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Francês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Intermediário

  • Acomodação


    Private rooms with a proper bed, mattress, sheets etc. provided - usually with a shared bathroom block (sometimes a private bathroom). Please bring a towel.
    Chambres privée avec un vraie lit, matelas, draps etc. avec grand sanitaire commun (type dans un camping). SVP amener une serviette.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    The name of the village we live in is Luz-Saint-Sauveur - between Cauterets and Gavarnie. We are also not far from the highest astronomical observatories of the French Pyrenees - le Pic du Midi and are on the route of the Tour du France (not far from the famous Col du Tourmalet if you're into your cycling).
    The closest airport is Tarbes-Lourdes which is a 40 minute drive from us. There is a bus direct from the airport to Lourdes and Soloum (we can collect you from Soloum if you cant make it up to luz). There are also trains from Tarbes to Lourdes and a bus or coach service from Tarbes and Lourdes to Soloum/Luz-Saint-Sauveur/Bareges - the details for which can be found on the HeureBus and keolis-pyrenees website. There's also a great "journey planning" website which will help you: mobimipy - although you will need to be able to read a bit of French to use it. (Hitchiking generally works very well around here as long as you're not in a huge rush - people are generally nice and friendly).

    The village centre is just a 15 minute walk from us and has a range of grocery shops (including 2 supermarkets), bars, restaurants, a local market every Monday etc. There's also a bowling alley, a small cinema, library and book shop in the village.
    We're not remote though you can get into real nature 5mins on foot from our doorstep.
    We have wifi throughout the building. You're also very welcome to use our computer or laptop on your time off if needed.

    Everyone clears up after themselves after eating, cooking and working - we're all adults ;D. Please be prepared to do your share of house-hold tasks, washing- up, keeping the bathroom clean. This isn't a hotel (yet haha) and it gets awkward reminding people to clear crumbs, set the table etc.. In the spirit of communal living we all help each other in day to day tasks.
    We also really appreciate it when people offer to cook as although Sam enjoys cooking it's good to have a meal or two off - Sam will generally always prep lunch so you can focus on your work.

    Please note that it's cold here in the autumn/winter and to bring enough layers especially for moments when you'll be sitting still and not working :). Although don't worry, we do have central heating so you shouldn't freeze. Also good to bring clothes you don't mind getting dusty or dirty and shoes suitable for manual work. We do have stuff you can borrow but it depends on your size :)

    We consider vaccination status private medical information. We feel no need to ask about this nor do we expect people to tell us.


    Nous vivons à Luz Saint Sauveur entre Cauterets et Gavarnie! Nous sommes également à proximité du point culminant des Pyrénées - le Pic du Midi.
    L'aéroport le plus proche est celui de Tarbes-Lourdes, à 40 minutes de route. Il y a des trains de Tarbes à Lourdes et un service de bus ou d'autocar de Lourdes à Luz Saint Sauveur - les détails peuvent être trouvés sur le site web HeureBus, keolis-pyrenees ou mobimipy.
    Il n'est pas indispensable d'avoir une voiture. Le centre du village se trouve à 20 minutes à pied et dispose de nombreux magasins d'alimentation (y compris un carrefour market). Il y a des bars, des restaurants, un marché local tous les lundi, une piscine municipale, des courts de tennis, un beach volley, un bowling, un cinéma, what else!!!? Vous pourrez tout faire ici sauf profiter de la mer :).
    Nous prenons souvent l'apero le soir donc nous demandons aux gens de participer si ils veulent boire. Vous pouvez acheter du bon vin/bière locale. Pareil pour le grignotage, les 3 repas sont bien fournis donc si vous mangez en dehors des repas, prévoyez de vous acheter des snacks.
    Il faudra bien sur aider aux taches quotidiennes comme faire la vaisselle, mettre la table, gardez vos chambres propre etc. Pour les sanitaires, merci de les garder propres pour les autres utilisateurs.
    Le petit +, nous sommes dans les montagnes et dans le sud ouest, ici les gens sont plutot sympas :)

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  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    People can park their campers easily in front of our building but it is street parking so they would probably prefer to stay in the house :)

  • Pode aceitar animais

    Pode aceitar animais

    Please tell us about your pet you are travelling with and we can then decide whether they would be a good fit with us.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    4-5 hours/day, 5 days/week

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